'Operation Delta Blues' suspects to appear in court
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Cameras look on as more than 60 suspects are corralled into the federal courthouse in Little Rock on Thursday.
All are accused of various drug crimes in what has been tabbed "Operation Delta Blues, a four year investigation that according to the U.S. attorney has produced seven indictments.
"The seven indictments will be tried separately in seven different trials. Those will happen as they are set by the district judges," says U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer.
Thursday morning 5 police officers listed in the indictment for various crimes ranging from drug trafficking to possession with intent to deliver proclaimed their innocence, pleading not guilty.
Also taking a not guilty plea was Demetrius Colbert, also known as "D-Coop".
According to the indictments Colbert is the ring leader.
Federal prosecutors also made mention of several assets seized from his Helena-West Helena home, including $423,000 in cash, an Escalade and a Land Rover.
Friends and family of those involved lingered outside the courthouse awaiting news, like mother of Aron Burns, also known as "JR."
"Sometimes we just get caught up in bad things. We're not perfect," says Georgia Morris.